When I first started using Photoshop, I used this adjustment a lot to increase contrast in dull photos and adjust overall brightness if needed. Over time, I've found the Brightness/Contrast adjustment to be highly destructive. It degrades the quality of your images — especially noticeable if you're making prints 5x7 or larger — so I recommend only sparing use of Brightness/Contrast in Photoshop.
If you need to adjust either brightness or contrast in your image, get in the habit of using Curves instead of the Brightness/Contrast adjustment. (Sneaky, sure, but it works.)
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